In 2015, QNIS launched the first Catalysts for Change Programme. The purpose of this programme was to provide funding to nurses in the community to lead short, innovative development projects in collaboration with other agencies, focused on addressing inequalities. Six projects were selected and funded.
Building on a successful first year, QNIS extended the project into 2016 and funded six further projects in the area of health inequalities as part of Catalysts for Change 2. Each of these projects focussed on improving the health and wellbeing of a particular marginalised group. Importantly, all the projects are about empowerment, helping people to help themselves, with a strong emphasis on integration and culture change.
The Programme has been supported for a third year, with our third Catalysts cohort of seven projects selected in 2017.
Details of our projects can be found below
The “Catalysts for Change” funding enables nurses and their partners in the community to achieve one or more of the following:
- Build relationships that enable culture change by developing a shared vision/ language.
- Enable and involve individuals, groups or communities who may be considered excluded or marginalised.
- Make a contribution to reducing inequalities in health.
Seven projects were selected to take part in 2017. The projects were completed in late 2018, and a synopsis and their final report can be found here.
Building on the success of Catalysts for Change, QNIS extended the project into 2016 and funded six further projects in the area of health inequalities as part of Catalysts for Change 2. Each of these projects focusses on improving the health and wellbeing of a particular marginalised group. Importantly, all the projects are about empowerment, helping people to help themselves, with a strong emphasis on integration and culture change.
Windows of opportunity as a catalyst for healthier lifestyles – seeking to help people who are overweight and obese, with hypertension or glucose intolerance, to live healthier lives in order to improve their wellbeing. (see also: food and drink, nutrition, obesity, wellbeing)
Reducing health inequalities in people with learning disabilities – introducing group sessions for adults with learning disabilities, each focussing on different aspects of health and wellbeing to increase knowledge and awareness of issues and services. (see also: education, learning disabilities, self management)
Physical Activity Peer Support Worker (Community Mental Health) – developing and testing the role of a peer support worker in the delivery of community mental health services, particularly by engaging in physical activity. (see also: activity, mental health, peer support)
Our Visit – seeking to improve the participation of older people with dementia, and their carers, in activities during visiting time in a community hospital setting in order to improve their health and wellbeing. (see also: activity, Alzheimer’s, dementia)
Introducing a Social Prescribing Service in a Gypsy Traveller site in Fife – looking to develop a social prescribing service in a settled gypsy Traveller site in Fife, offering a listening service focussing on the needs of the participants. (see also: gypsy, self management, social prescribing, traveller)
Implementing Wellness Recovery Action Planning for School Pupils and their Carers – enabling school children, using the WRAP, to help take more control over their own wellbeing. (see also: mental health, school, self management, WRAP)
Our original six Catalysts projects, their success led to at least two further cohorts. Once the original six projects were completed, we filmed the participants and these videos, along with project summaries and final reports, are available here.
Towards a Mentally Flourishing School – aiming to provide a safe and positive place to learn and teach by looking at the mental health of the whole school population. (see also: bullying, children and young people, inequalities, mental health, safety, school)
Sunday Choices – seeking to offer support and healthcare options to some of the most disenfranchised and marginalised sections of the community – those in custody suites. (see also: criminal justice, inequalities)
Moving On: From Homeless Care Services to Community Networks – an evaluation of the community psyhciatirc nurse-led services, helping people make the transition from homeless care services to community networks. (see also: homelessness, inequalities, transition)
An Early Intervention and Integrated Model of Approach to providing care, support and education for individuals and their carers living with dementia in the community – aiming to develop and implement an integrated health and social care pathway to provide support for older adults (over 65 years) living with dementia and their carers in the community co-ordinated by a named community nurse who will ensure equitable access to support, information and care from diagnosis throughout all stages of the illness to end of life. (see also: Alzheimer’s, carers, dementia, health and social care integration, inequalities, pathways)
Committing to Collaboration; Enabling Recovery – offering a safe environment for adults with learning disabilities and mental health conditions to be enabled to better understand, manage and maintain their own wellbeing. (see also: empowerment, inequalities, learning disabilities, lifestyle, mental health)
An assessment of the health needs and safety concerns of women working in lap-dancing bars – seeking to empower and support women who work in lap dancing bars or the sex industry to access services around health, wellbeing and criminal justice. (see also: inequalities, mental health, sexual health)